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of declining values, the average homeowner will pay about $40 less next year. >>> two setbacks for toyota in one week. toyota suspended sales of the lexus gx 4-60. the magazine reported the seven-seater has a high rollover risk. derrick ward joins us from the news room with the latest details. >> just when we thought things were leveling off for toyota, another recall surfaced. more news for those toyota owners affected. 600,000 mini fans are being recalled. engineers say the road salt could contribute to the problem. the cable that holds the spare tire could come loose and tumble out posing a safety threat. owners have been notified and told where to take their sienna for inspection. another toyota-made vehicle got a thumbs down for consumer reports because of roleover concerns. >> we are telling people not to buy it until that is fixed. >> reporter: all this on top of the yet-to-be resolved problems. >> to have a label put on your label, don't buy, is extremely serious anytime, but this time in particular is terrible for the brand. engineers in japan say they have been able to duplicate
the vatican earlier this year. >>> nbc news has learned that later this morning toyota is expected to sign paperwork for information relating to its sticking gas pedal recall. according to a department of transportation official, by paying the record $16.4 million fine, the maximum allowed by law, toyota is accepting responsibility for hiding the safety defect. the japanese automaker is expect ed to pay the penalty before going to court while they're not expected to admit to any specific wrongdoing. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news today early today in america. new york police are asking for the public help asking for the identity four young women. two of the women distracted a store clerk while the others stuffed merchandise into their shopping bags. employees describe the suspects as very young, possibly high school or college students. >>> some 50 new jersey residents are out of house and home this morning after a massive fire ripped through two apartment buildings. firefighters say they had trouble getting blaze under control but amazingly there were no injur
of the devastation and the enduring spirit there. >>> new trouble for toyota. one group is warning consumers they should not buy a certain vehicle. >>> and lost and found. a positive outcome tonight in the kind of story that all too often doesn't end this well. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. he is a genuine american hero. neil armstrong was the first man on the moon. since those years he receded into a quiet life in america. there is no neil armstrong action figure, no chain of restaurants, and while he's walked on the moon, he's never been tempted to dance with the stars. our veteran space correspondent jay barbree exclusively obtained a letter written by neil armstrong and several other icons of the space program. it directly challenges president obama's reported plans to idle the u.s.-manned space program. astronauts armstrong, jim lovell and gene cernan write, "without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the usa is far too likely to being on a long downhill slide to mediocrity." and on this annive
. [ female announcer ] together we can discover the best of what's next at aarp.org. >>> toyota announced a recall of one of its suvs. the 2010 lexus gs 460, to preprogram an electronic stability control system. this comes after "consumer reports" issued a rare don't buy warning because of a rollover risk. toyota said its own testing confirmed the problem and they said the software fix would solve the problem. toyota agreed to pay the biggest government-ordered fine ever, $16.4 million as punishment for its handling of sudden acceleration problems. the transportation department said toyota hid information about sticking gas pedals the problem that led to the recall of 2.3 million vehicles worldwide. toyota agreed to pay the fine, the company denies it violated u.s. laws. >>> this was inevitable. after spirit airlines announced its intention to charge to put a piece of luggage in the overhead compartment other carriers are lining up to sign a pledge not to do that. they are so far american, delta, jetblue united and us airways. >>> if george washington hadn't given so much to his country h
a helicopter and walking tour of the widespread damage. >>> time is 4:38. more troubles for toyota. the new problem that has it pulling another vehicle out of the showroom. >>> a woman assaulted near a busy metro station. a man was able to attack her without anyone seeing. >> do you need your umbrella? we'll have your weather and traffic after this break. >>> and a good wednesday morning everybody. middle of the week is finally here. it's 4:41. i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. yesterday had plenty of clouds and rain showers around. not a whole lot of rain, ended up between .1 and .25 inch. a little less out across northern virginia. temperatures this morning martinsburg in the 30s now, 36 in martinsburg, 34 hagerstown, 39 in fredricks and skies tried to clear out. as a result early this morning we have patchy dense fog to watch out for. temperatures will climb into the high 50s and low 60s with the return of sunshine by mid to late morning. jerry. >> chuck, hopefully the sunshine will wear off some of the fog. in some areas very dense. capital beltway off the wilson bridge had overnight
executives at toyota reveal serious concerns about how that company was dealing with safety problems. an internal e-mail from a toyota pr executive urges colleagues to, in his words, come clean. about accelerator problems in the vehicles. he did so five days before the company announced a massive recall back in january. that e-mail was obtained by the associated press. irv miller is the executive who sent it and he since retired. in the note he said he hoped toyota would not be put out of business while finding a solution to the accelerator problems. >>> an airline merger could be in the works. yet another one. associated press is reporting that united airlines and us airways are in talks about combining their operations. if that merger happens, the company would become the second biggest airline behind delta which merged with northwest back in 2008. the associated press reports the combined company would be able to cut its costs and it could compete better with delta. >>> coming up tonight, the governor of virginia adding new language to a proclamation about confederate history mont
in holden's death was part of a security escort for a head of state. no charges have been filed. >>> toyota suspended sales of its new lexus suv this evening. after reports of a high rollover risk. the model in question is the lexus gx-460. the magazine "consumer reports" gave that vehicle a very rare "don't buy sfchlt "warning. it said it has an unusually high risk of rolling over. toyota says the gx-460 meets all federal safety requirements, but it will temporarily pull the vehicle from the show rooms while it conducts its own tests. >>> the rear wheel could slide off the pavement or hit a curb, which could lead to a tripped rollover. >> the gx-460 is not one of the many toyota models involved in the gas pedal recall. >>> still ahead on news4 at 11:00, her father says it's a miracle. a little girl found alive in the woods of an alligator-infested swamp five days after she disappeared. >> some of the world's most famous astronauts blasting the president's plan for nasa. >> a bungling burglar's escape is too tricky. >> how about weather? >> the rain gone. skies are clearing. tomorrow is goi
for drivers. toyota's latest troubles coming >>> charges are being considered today in the case of a tennessee woman who sent her recently adopted russian son back to moscow. torre hanson put the 7-year-old child on a one-way flight back to russia last week. she attached a note saying that the orphanage she adopted him from failed to disclose psychological problems. an attorney is havinging child abandonment charges but may have to be filed in virginia. the loudoun county prosecutor says that alone does not give him jurisdiction to prosecute and does not plan to bring charges. >>> a verdict in a multimillion dollar sex abuse lawsuit against the boy scouts of america. jurors in the oregon case have ordered the organization to pay a portland man $1.4 million because of repeated sexual abuse he suffered from a scout master back in the '80s. the jury decided the scouts are libel for punitive damages and negative general for failing to take steps for preventing abuse after keeping a secret list of suspected ped fills for -- pedophiles. >>> the nebraska's republican governor signed an abortion law t
. >>> the latest this morning on the efforts to resume flights grounded by disruptive volcanoes. >>> plus toyota is taking action after "consumer reports" magazine advised drivers not to buy a new lexus suv. >>> and things looking up in the forecast. your weather and traffic are next. >>> good morning, time for weather and traffic on this tuesday morning, on tom kierein in storm center 4. we have temperatures around the metro area in the mid and upper 40s. but the shenandoah county getting some patchy frost possible. warren, shenandoah, page, rockingham and augusta counties, high clouds coming in from the west, ahead of the rain-maker that will be here tomorrow morning. for this morning, high clouds around, we'll have sunshine, low 60s by noon. and upper 60s during the afternoon hours. and cloudy tonight, down to near 50 by dawn tomorrow when we'll likely have light rain moving in from the west. occasional light rain tomorrow, highs low 60s. thursday, some sunshine back into the upper 60s. and upper 60s on friday and partly cloudy. a look at the weekend in ten minutes coming up at 4:51. >>> now
troubles for toyota. why the automaker issued yet another recall. i'm a fashion stylist. my secret? t.j.maxx. they buy directly from designers and you see the savings! i dress fashionistas. but i'm a maxxinista. t.j.maxx. >>> a popular principal with a promising future murdered in his own home. police are looking for a killer and wondering if this was a random crime. good morning, everyone. i am aaron gilchrist. >> we have a look at the day's forecast. justin drabick is standing in for chuck bell in storm center 4. justin, did you know it was somebody's birthday today? >> i thought i heard that. happy birthday, aaron. they had the birthday music playing for him, too. i don't have a singing voice, definitely not, especially this early in the morning. still quiet, but dealing with a south and east as we look at the doppler radar. you can see confined across the lower maryland eastern shore and into the northern neck of virginia. late rain showers. given another hour or two they will move off to the east. we will see nice improvement off in the entire viewing area. and we are currently l
mortgage giant now the focus of a criminal investigation. >>> plus, deadline day for toyota. will the company pay up on that record government fine? >>> toss out the calendar. it doesn't feel like an april morning out there a check of weather and traffic next. >>> weather and traffic on the 1s. it's 4:41. chilly 47 degrees in washington. and it's in the mid 40s in prince george's county. arlington, fairfax, montgomery county now in the low 40s. quite a chilly start this morning. we have it down into the 30s in prince william, culpeper. this zone here may be getting scattered frost so if do you have any tender plants, any house plants you set outside early this season, bring them in. and southern maryland now in the 40s as well as northern neck and eastern shore. now over the last 12 hours we've got high pressure over us with clear sky and we'll have lot of sunshine today. afternoon highs should climb into the mid 60s and overnight tonight another clear night. mid 40s tomorrow morning and by tomorrow afternoon into the mid 60s again with lots of sunshine. then we'll have a so
in a decade. and it is just the latest safety concern for parent company toyota. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: just what toyota didn't need -- don't buy recommendation from "consumer reports" for the 2010 lexus gx 460 suv because of rollover risks. >> we are telling people not to buy it until that is fixed. >> reporter: the problem, electronics stability control system, reportedly doesn't intervene quickly enough when the vehicle slides out of control during sweeping turns. those findings from "consumer reports" standard handling test. >> the rear wheel could slooif off the pavement or hit a curb that could lead to a tripped rollover. >> reporter: adding to rollover concerns the gx is tall with a high center of gravity. consumer watchdog group says no other suv in recent years slid out as far as the lexus gx. the don't buy recommendation follows toyota's recall of a dozen vehicle models in recent months over sudden acceleration issues. a crisises that it damaged its reputation. in a statement released by lexus, the car maker says, quote, we will try to duplicate the consumer repo
of murdering her daughter. >>> at 4:45, what toyota is now doing in response to possible rollover risks posed by suvs. >>> president obama says that the u.s. space program is not a luxury but a necessity for the nation. mr. obama made that comment in a speech at kennedy space center today. he is trying to reassure workers there that he's committed to nasa's space programs. here is kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: at a place deep in space history president obama outlined his vision for its future. >> i am 100% committed to the mission of nasa and its future. >> reporter: the plan includes an extra $6 billion in funding, continued construction of the o'ryan castle for emergency evacuation from the international space station, and development of a heavy lift rocket for destinations that could include mars. >> by the mid 2030s i believe we can send astronauts to mars and return them safely to earth. >> reporter: it turns over? duties to private space companies. and that has drawn from congress. >> does threaten the national security that we cannot put our people in space on our own terms and with o
magazine warned its readers not to buy the lexus 2010 gx 460. that's because of rollover dangers. toyota owns the lexus brand and the lexus gx 460 owners can get a loaner car while the company figures out the problem. the national highway transportation safety administration will also conduct tests on that vehicle. >>> today thousands of people are using tax day to show their frustration with the government. they are headed to washington for a series of protests and rallies. live look now at the washington monument where one of those demonstrations is scheduled to take place later this morning. news4's tracie potts reports. >> reporter: amid today's last-minimum tax rush the irs admits it's already overpaid almost 30 million in refunds over new tax credits. >> the tax man cometh. next few years, will he be coming with a vengeance. >> reporter: taxes are lower this year but experts say expect them to go up as the government trace to cover massive deficits. president president obama is trying to get wall street to do their part. >> expecting taxpayers to bail them out when things go sour i
, toyota has issued yet another suv recall, this time for some 50,000 s2003 sequoias. toyota says some sequoias may be unable to speed up when necessary. >>> big news at the end of the trading day. hewlett-packard swooping in to buy the struggling smarts phone pioneer palm. the $1.4 billion cash deal sent palm shares soaring in afterhours trade. >>> reports out saying a big merger is coming between continental and united airlines. no word between either carrier but some say a deal might get done as early as friday. >>> and finally it may seem like gas prices sky rocketed overnight but for one small town in alaska, they already did. push prices in the remote town rose to $9 a gallon overnight thanks to the high cost of flying in a new supply. >>> well, the habs reach down deep for a game seven. milwaukee downs the hawks plus an olympic medal ten years late. >>> marlon byrd shows he's in season form. your early morning headlines are straight ahead. >>> we've got cool showers in the rockies. you're watching "early today." >>> hi, everybody. good morning. if you're just waking up, this is
. >>> also in new york, a 78-year-old man is blaming his toyota for a crash that left him and his wife on top of two unoccupied cars. now, the driver says his accelerator stuck causing his car to slam into two curbs and then land on top of two other vehicles. toyota, however, suggests driver error is to blame. investigators are now trying to determine the cause. >>> and alaska state troopers will present an award to buddy the german shepherd for his heroic actions. dash cam video shows the canine guide police to his owner's property which was engulfed in flame. thanks to his help the owner only suffered minor burns. >>> and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. that really is a buddy, huh? >> absolutely incredible. i love it. >> we've had so many stories where these pets are like super pets. >> that was the proof in the pudding. that was fantastic. >> absolutely. >> let's talk about the severe weather. yesterday was a dangerous day in colorado, kansas, and northern texas. that was day one of what's going b
force base instead. >>> coming up on news4 at 11:00, toyota recalls more than 500,000 siennas. just a couple of years after it was chosen by "consumer reports" as the best minivan. >>> there are new reports eric massa wrote a $40,000 check to his chief of staff one day after resigning. >>> boaters, beware. lindsay, what's in sports? >> capitals coach bruce boudreau says his team learned a big lesson. they'll try not to repeat it tomorrow. stephen strausburg will have to wait for his second minor league start. >>> toyota announced the recall of more than 500,000 sienna minivans today. that includes minivans driven in d.c., maryland, virginia and west virginia. salt on the roads during winter months could corrode the spare tire's carrier cable and that could cause the wheel to become loose. it was rated the best minivan by "consumer reports" in 2007. >>> a previously convicted sex offender pleaded guilty today in the murder of two teenagers in the san diego area the plea allowed 31-year-old john gardner to avoid the death penalty. he is accused of raping and killing 17-year-old chelse
, they'll try the backup landing site in southern california. >> toyota plans to issue a brand-new recall on the heels of paying a big fine for its previous recalls. toyota is expected to recall its 2010 lexus gx-460 suv. it becomes almost a week after consumer reports gave them a don't-buy rate citing a high rollover risk. toyota has suspended sales of the gx-460. today, toyota agreed to pay a record $16.4 million fine for failing to report the fas pedal problems that led to the recall of more than 2 million vehicles earlier this year. >>> a new survey done finds just 22% of those questioned say they can trust washington almost always or most of the time. 43% say the government has a negative impact on their lives. just 19% are content with the government, with about 8 in 10 says they don't trust the federal government and have little faith that it can solve america's problems. >>> coming up to nigh, protestors can guns at a rally in virginia. >> there are more amazing stories of survival after a deadly earthquake in china. >> a crash killed two local teenagers. we'll find out how it mig
95 building back into that work zone. back to you. >> thank you, steve. >>> toyota agreed to pay a record $16.4 million for failing to properly notify the government about those sticking gad pedals. the government says toyota knew about the defect last september but didn't issue a recall until january. a recall that involves some 2.3 million vehicles. the law requires any defect to be reported in five days. transportation secretary ray lahood said "toyota put consumers at rick by failing to report the safety problems." this fine is the largest ever required of an automaker by the u.s. government. authorities are investigating other toyota disclosure practices that may have violated federal law as well which could result in further fines. >>> a charles county community is in mourning today after a college student from waldorf was shot and killed. the shooting happened at an off campus party across the street from fosburg state university yesterday morning. police say tyrone hall shot and killed 20-year-old brandon carroll during a dispute. both are students at the university. carr
. a new problem for toyota. >> it has do with an old e-mail. >> and the confederate controversy, why virginia governor bob mcdonald is apologizing. >>> and emergency workers run into an >>> a bb gun scare led to a scare at a prestigious school in the district and two kids are facing charges. police got a 911 call yesterday morning alerting them to someone holding a gun in a car near st. albans school. the school was locked down as the grounds were searched of the national cathedral where the school is located. >> a subsequent canvas resulted in the discovery of what was believed to be a long gun in the the back of a vehicle on the campus. >> that long gun turned out to be a bb gun. an 18-year-old student and another student were arrested. they're facing charges of illegal possession and illegal transportation of a bb gun. >>> d.c. fire and ems were so overloaded with calls this week that one shooting victim never got an ambulance. he had to ride to the hospital on a fire truck. so what happened and how are emergency crewing going to make sure this don't happen again? news 4's jackie
it will try for the backup land site in southern california. >> toyota is set to issue a new round of recall, all while paying a big fine for the previous recalls. a transportation department official says toyota will now call its 2010 gx lexus 460 suv after a rare don't-buy rating, citing a high rollover risk. tive today, toyota agreed to pay a $16.4 million fine for failing to properly report the gas pedal problems that led to a massive recall earlier this year. >>> if spirit airlines expected other major airlines to get onboard with its new baggage fees, the cut-rate carrier was wrong. five major airlines have agreed not to follow spirit's lead and begin charging for carry-on bags that are stored inÑi the overhe luggage bins. the airlines are american, delta, united, us airways and jetblue.Ñiñr new york's senator charles schumer applauded the move yesterday. he and several other democratic senators are in favor of a bill that taxes airlines that charge fees for carry-on bags. >>> ahead on news 4 at 4:00, speaking out. >> the moth over a teen brutally beaten over an alleged text message
and doreen, back to you. >> all right, tom sherwood reporting. >>> coming up tonight, toyota is taking additional steps to make sure all of its suvs are safe to drive. >> confusion over whether russia has stopped adoptions to the u.s. >>> president obama says nasa is not going away. he's unveiled his plan for the space age. >> i spectacular light show in the sky is captured on camera. >> weather,ver couldn't. >> today was comfortable. we are going to have a little heat around the area, though, tomorrow. coming up. lit feel like june, dan. >> coming up in sports, former wizards head coach gets the pacs. nats and phillies. plus, playoff time. caps head coach bruce boudreau gets fired up at the media. we will tell why you. "news4 at 6:00" continues. . president obama said the u.s. space program is not a luxury but necessity for the nation. he made that in a speech at the kennedy space center. trying to reassure workers he's committed to nasa's space program. kristen dahlgren joins us from cape canaveral, florida, with more. >> reporter: yeah. just a rt short time ago i spoke with senator
fines up to $27,500 per passenger. >>> toyota has resumed sales of its lexus, suvs. one week after a recall. about 10,000 suvs were recalled because of possible rollover dangers. toyota says that dealerships now have the equipment for the vehicle's stability control system. the announce many came after consumer reports issued a rare don't buy rating over concerns the vehicle could flip in tight turns. toyota says that the suvs will be safer than ever. >>> the government is recalling more than 200,000 cribs for safety concesafe ty concerns. the consumer product safety commission says the tubular metal support frames on the simplicity full-sized cribs can bend or brake. causing the mattress to collapse. and at least one suffocation death and 13 other incidents have been reported to the cpsc. the graco-drop side cribs are being recalled now because of entrapment and suffocation hazards. 99 complaints on that problem have been filed so far. the company offers a hardware kit to mick a fix. for more on the recall visit nbcwashington.com and search crib. >>> still ahead on "news4 at 4:00"
:42. still ahead, the latest recall ordered by the carmaker toyota. this one involves more than 10,000 subs. and a new iphone, an apple employee may have lost the prototype in a bar. and now pictures of it have been found on the internet. stay with us. >>> toyota is issuing another recall this morning. but this time the company is calling it a quick fix. the automaker has recalled the 2010 lexus gx 460 suv to address a potential roll over problem. nearly 10,000 of the vehicles have been sold in the u.s. since it came out in late december. toyota now says it will fix the problem by updating the stability control software program. in the meantime, sales of the new gx 460s have been temporarily halted. if you go to george washington university or you work there you may want to hold off buying a new ipad. the school says it's its network is having problems with apple's hot new product. gw says use areas can't log onto the network with ipad and may not be able to do so for nearly a year. the problem has to do with the school's authentication system. other colleges including princeton are also ha
about vehicles made by toyota and consumer reports are now urging people not to buy certain cars. >>> at 4:30, a teenage girl murdered by an alleged sex offender, now her parents are taking steps to ensure that it doesn't happen to anyone else. >>> at 4:45, popular social networking website is taking steps to keep users safe and secure in cyberspace. >>> check out this video. mall workers and customers had a close encounter with an unexpected shopper. deer crashed true a coffee shop door in blacksburg, virginia, and ran right inside the shop before making its way to a fitness club. once inside the deer smashed into a mirror while people were working out. the deer eventually wound up inside the locker room where police finally found him. unfortunately, the deer had to be put down because of all of his injuries. >>> it is beginning to seem like broke a broken record. more troubles for toyota today. for first time in nine years, consumer reports magazine warns tufts not to buy a specific vehicle because of safety concerns. the one in question is the new model of the lexus. leanne gr
hour of news4 midday, toyota decides to suspend sales of a lexus that "consumer reports" warned shoppers not to buy. what else the carmaker plans to do. >>> president obama is revibing future plans forÑi nasa. >>> and the man who found an 11-year-old missing for days is now speaking about the rescue. chuck bell is also back with more on the improving weather in the washington area. stay with us. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill, because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone, for just $69.99 a month for six months -- three top-rated services for one rock-bottom price. but don't wait, this is your last chance. fios gives you what cable doesn't: the best channel lineup and the most hd, facebook and twitter on your tv, plus america's top-rated internet. fios is the future, but after april 17th this price will be history. get fios tv, internet and phone for just $69.99 a month for six months with a two-year agreemen
a gun to his virginia school. we'll tell you what punishment he faces. >>> and more trouble for toyota. what consumer reports" is saying about a lexus model. chuck is back with a look how much rain we can expect today. stay with us. we'll be back. allergies? chlor-trimeton. hey, one dose of this, six hour relief. chlor-trimeton relieves itchy, watery eyes and sneezing for 12 full hours with less drowsiness than benadryl. it does all that? chlor-trimeton. less drowsy relief that lasts 12 hours. laxatives? i've tried all these. this one's gritty. this one can make you bloated. clearly, miralax is the one for me. it relieves my constipation with no harsh side effects. miralax. restore your body's natural rhythm. >>> right now, on news4 midday, police identify the cyclist killed after she collided with a national guard vehicle. police say environmental journalist and artist constance holden was on her way home from work when she was hit downtown washington, d.c. yesterday afternoon. the truck was providing a military escort for president obama's nuclear security summit at the time. the 68-
news tonight. between them affecting millions of american consumers. first toyota. our own kelly o'donnell on capitol hill has obtained an internal e-mail written by a company executive here in the u.s. just five days before toyota announced a massive recall. in the e-mail, the company executive acknowledges the company has accelerator pedal problems. goes on to say, "we are not protecting our consumers by keeping this quiet. the time to hide on this one is over. we need to come clean." look for a lot more on this story tomorrow. >>> second story tonight concerns the airline business. news of a possible blockbuster merger combining two big brand names in the air, cnbc's david faber is with us to talk about it. what are the names and what is the likelihood here? >> the names are ual and usair. most likely it will probably happen, although it is weeks away and there are plenty of things to come in terms of hurdles they have to overcome. the airlines are still facing a prospect of not make anything money. you can charge as many people as you want for their bags, ultimately one of the
out. people were willing to overlook a lot of the problems at toyota. instead, they wanted a bargain. because of the toyota deals their sales were up 41%. ford wasn't far behind, up a strong 40%. gm gained 21% over last year. chrysler, however, still struggling, finishing the month down 8% overall. >>> we switch gears to the remains of that massive rain storm that hit the east coast this week. president obama made a surprise drop-in visit today to a massachusetts emergency response center in framingham, mass, where they've been dealing with flooding and trying to help the many people who lost so much throughout new england. big parts of southern new england are struggling with flood levels that haven't been seen in over 100 years. julie martin from the weather channel with us again tonight from rhode island. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the rivers are receding, but the worries are rising tonight in rhode island. we are still dealing with contaminated water, closed roadways and now compromised structures. this is the laurel avenue bridge in coventry. officials tell
the best of what's next at aarp.org. >>> another problem for toyota tonight. this time it's a recall affecting about 600,000 toyota sienna minivans. the issue has to do with some rusty spare tire attachments in the back. the danger here is the tire could fall off and then, of course, cause a dangerous road hazard. >>> president obama ordered most hospitals in america to grant the same visiting rights to gay/lesbian partners that married heterosexual couples always had. the president's order was triggered in part by the case of a woman who was kept from seeing her partner as she slipped into a coma. >>> we learned today five miles from the white house there's been an extraordinary discovery underground. a jar about 3/4 full of a dark liquid turned out to be the same mustard gas chemical agent used as a weapon during wirld war i. the u.s. army used this area near now what is american university as an experimental station for developing chemical weapons during the first world war. >>> daryl gates, the outspoken former chief of the lapd has died. his tough tactics were fiercely criticize
love the air®. >>> back now with news that toyota has announced another recall, this one involving the 2003 sequoia suv. toyota wants to upgrade the stability control system on those models. the company says there have not been any accidents or injuries related to that particular system in this case. >>> there is important news tonight about alzheimer's. the seventh leading cause of death in this country, according to the alzheimer's association. finding a way to prevent the disease would be medicine's so-called holy grail. which is why today's news from the national institutes of health was so disappointing to so many people. our report on it tonight from our chief science correspondent robert bazell. >> daddy going to take you to school? >> reporter: jennifer beall is 38 years old. she saw two grandparents die of alzheimer's. then her father's memory began to fail as the disease struck him. >> my dad was diagnosed at 68. i have a 9-month-old and a 4-year-old. i hope i'm around to remember them. >> reporter: to try to ward off dementia, beall exercises a lot, eats a heart healthy
invests. >>> plus if you own a toyota, there is more important news this morning. yet another recall, this time it involves 600,000 sienna minivans and we'll also look into the consumer reports "don't by" recommendation. >>> and a new biography out on the life of oprah winfrey. we'll tell you what it talk about past and present. >>> let's get start on the latest on the eruption of that volcano and the cloud of ash that continues to cause so much disruption in europe and beyond. we begin with chris jansing in iceland. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester, and activity at the volcano actually seems to be increasing, at least according to scientists at the university of iceland. if you look behind me, you can see just how big this ash plume has gotten. the good news is that the cloud cover has ended so scientists can look at the volcano from the air. they can look at how much of that glacier has melted, a crucial indication on how long the travel disruptions might last. by night fall friday, the volcano was again showing its power. it was an ominous dark plume f
, everyone. >>> today, toyota is agreeing to pay a record fine stemming from its gas pedal problems. tom costello is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: today is the deadline for toyota to accept or fight a $16.4 million fine. the company is expected to pay up, the largest fine ever assessed by the government against a car maker. the government alleges toyota knew about sticking gas pedals last september, but hid the effects and issued a recall. toyota is facing mounting civil lawsuits as well as criminal investigations. a $16 million fine for toyota is really not significant, but it is yet another strike against the company's reputation. toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in january for the sticking accelerator. the company has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems and braking problems. a government official tells nbc news by paying the full civil penalty, toyota is accepting responsibility for hiding this safety defect from nhtsa, the national highway safety administration, in violation of the law. it now has 30 days to write
effects. miralax. restore your body's natural rhythm. >> new documents reveal that toyota released internal repair guidelines for sticky gas pedals in europe months before warning the u.s. about the problem. the a.p. reports toyota issued the guidelines the same day it told the u.s. government it was recalling loose floor mats. transportation secretary ray lahood says toyota made a huge mistake by not revealing the problems sooner. federal regulators fined the automaker a record $16.4 million for not disclosing the problem southeastern. >> well, the dow has started this wednesday down. let's check with cnbc's courtney reagan live with that and the rest of the day's business headlines. >> good morning, pat. stocks are down right now. i see the dow is down about 33 points. we've been around that range for most of the morning and ended mixed yesterday. the fed did reiterate its pledge to keep interest rates low for an extended period. no no specific guideline given. investors listening very carefully every time bernanke speaks. europe a touch lower. fed chairman bernanke will speak th
. toyota brake troubles, aggressive incentives helped drive consumers to show rooms. and price wars between general motors andoyota paid off. g.m.'s core brand, buick, cadillac, chevy, gmc, saw nearly a 38% increase in sales. toyota sales jumped 35%. the company is speeding to rebuild trust and confidence following a massive recall for gas, pedal and brake problems and rolled out strong incentives to win customers. >> consumers are very smart, savvy. listen, circumstances are such. here is my maim and number. i want a toyota and willome in and buy it. when they announced the program, come on in. that's exactly what happened. >> reporter: ford sales increased nearly 35%. but the company did not compete in the incentives war. instead ford decreed the boost to strong demand for fusion and taurus brands. >> ford continues to be red hot. ford accrued a goodwill momentum by not going bruptd and american consumer or brand that normally would have taken billions of decades to build up. >> reporter: all positive signals that the struggling auto industry bogged down a year ago by flat-line sales and
with the delays and cancellations. plus, toyota announces new plans to improve safety. the carmaker is focusing now on suvs. >>> and in the next half hour, we sit down with d.c. council chairman vincent gray. we'll ask him about reports of budget surplus for d.c. schools after more than 200 teachers were fired. >>> new today, toyota says it will test all its sports utility vehicles. this comes after "consumer reports" magazine warned its readers not to buy the lexus 2010 gx-460 because of rollover problems. toyota owns the lexus brand and has not decided whether to recall that model. lexus gx-460 owners can get a loner car while the company figures out the problem. >>> russia has suspended all adoptions to u.s. families until both countries can agree on new procedures. but within the hour, state department officials said they had no confirmation of that suspension. news 4's elaine reyes joins us live from the newsroom with details. elaine? >> that's right, barbara. state dt department officials have yet to receive any sort of official word from russia, but they hope to clarify that later on tod
, nbc news reports five days before toyota announced a massive recall over sticky accelerators a recently retired public relations executive warned higher ups, "the time to hide on this one is over." >>> kansas city's federal reserve bank president drove markets into a mini tailspin yesterday when he said keeping interest rates too low for too long would encourage risky financial behavior. that led to the dow's biggest drop since february, dipping by as much as 125 points during the day. its first triple-digit slide since february. all that combined with data showing domestic crude inventories rising sent oil tumbling below $86 a barrel. not surprisingly, energy stocks led the decliners with exxon mobil and oxidental sliding. >>> raised concerns about weak consumer spending. the fed announced consumer borrowing fell by $11.5 billion in february. analysts had expected a modest gain. >>> takeover talk made palm the most traded stock on the nasdaq, spiking 20% on speculation the smart phone maker may be a target. >>> talk about a turnaround. general motors plans to pay off its gov
%. >>> another recall for toyota. monday it was the 2010 lexus gx460, a luxury suv that consumer reports warned last week was a safety risk. >>> and finally he may have been unable to tell a lie, but apparently that didn't stop founding father george washington from forgetting to return library books. records uncovered recently at new york city's oldest library show the nation's first president technically owes 220 years worth of late fees. that's about $300,000 on two books he never returned. the library says they're going to waive the fine, but they do want the books back. >>> well, the great eight leads the caps. the nuggets clash with the jazz. and time-out for fun in baseball. king james rocks the house. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. >>> in your tuesday weather, a big storm system for the west coast and showers in the southeast. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, last night lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers took the next step towards what they see as th
, wane a bit. >>> the headaches are piling on for toyota. the automaker that has been slammed with recalls now says it's temporarily halting sales of its lexus gs 640. consumer reports found in its test that the vehicle's electron electronic stability control took too long to kick in when making sharp turns. the magazine says that can lead to rollover accidents. >>> and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in oklahoma police are searching for a suspected burglar who broke into a drugstore and left a blooper tape in his tracks. surveillance video captured the suspect who came in through the roof, trying to flee the same way, and falling from the ceiling at least six times. >>> in virginia, mall-goers were in for a surprise when a disoriented deer crashed through the window of a coffee shop and then ran into the shopping center. security cameras captured the animal dashing through the halls, but unfortunately the deer did have to be put down due to the injuries it sustained. >>> and in arizona a woman and her shep period are turning crime-f
,000. nissan and toyota are coming out with plug-ins later this year. >>> what you need to know about the plastics you're using. ♪ nutri-grain -- one good decision... can lead to another. ♪ made with real fruit and now with more... of the whole grains your body needs. nutri-grain can help you eat better all day. >>> some food manufacturers are quietly scrambling to change packaging to prevent a toxic chemical from leeching into the food. it's called bpa and could be linked to major health problems according to a new warning for federal health authorities. here's more. >> we literally emptied all of our kitchen cabinets of the various plastic products we had. >> reporter: like most parents, maury doesn't want to take any chances with the health of her children. the mother of two scoured her kitchen cupboards to get rid of containers that might contain bfa. >> i find it disturbing that the chemicals are leeching into our food. >> reporter: it might be too little too late. jane hul han says it was approved by the food and drug administration 50 years ago and been in our food supply e
was fuelled by huge incentives from toyota in an effort to overcome gas pedal problems. that spurred a price war with gm. ford also saw big business but it credits increased demand for the fusion and taurus cars. one analysts says ice a sign that the economy is on the rod to recovery. >> what we're seeing is we're seeing a turn in the auto industry that is sustainable. >> not all american auditoriums fared so well. >>> maryland has reported its 45th death from swine flu. state health officials say a man from the baltimore area died within the past week. a recent spike in severe cases in the southeast have many experts warning that the h1n1 virus is not gone. there's still time for you to get vaccinated. >> reporter: despite sounds of spring, for many doctors this means the waiting room is filling up with allergy patients. but there's another reason people are heang to the doctor. >> it takes you off guard to see flu in the 70 degree weather. >> reporter: this doctor is a family physician in charlotte, north carolina one of the most allergy cities in southeast. but there's a spike in h1n1 cas
last month, 30% mo, in fact. some of the credit from that can be given to toyota. they offered a lot of incentives because of all their problems with gas pedals. they got into a price war with general motors. ford saw a jump in business, but ford people credit higher than normal demand for their fusion and taurus cars. one analyst says the surge in sas is a sign the struggling industry is finally on the road to recovery. >> what we are seeing right now, and i believe we are seeing a turn in the auto industry that is sustainable. >> reporter: chrysler was the only one that didn't do well. their sales dropped by 11% in march. >>> washington's catholic archbishop washed the feet of 12 people tonight to commemorate holy thursday. the mass of the last supper was held in the cathedral in northwest. the washing of feet is meant to an act of humility similar to christ washing the disciples feet at the last meal they shared with him. >>> we know we are going to like what you say, veronica. >> say it again. >> it's going to be incredibly nice across the area for the entire weekend coming up. m
out until maybe sometime on monday. quick one to two inches of rain. >> toyota is getting set for another round of recall while paying fines for previous recalls. toyota will now recall its 2010 gx-460 suv one week after the consumer reports gave that a rare don't buy rating because of the risk of rollover. hay also agreed to pay a $16.4 million fine for improperly reporting the gas pedal failure. . >>> five major airlines have agreed not to follow spirit's lead and begin charging for carry-on bags stored in overhead binds. the airlines, american, delta, united, u.s. airways and jet blue. new york senator charles schumer applauded that move yesterday. he and several other democratic senators are in favor of a bill that taxes airlines that charge fees for carry-on. >>> one d.c. architect is making a big change to promote a way of life that involves a much smaller space. just in time for earth week. he's made a home out of a cube. news 4 takes us on a tour. >> reporter: for the next two weeks, one artist will call this store front home. they'll be eating, entertaining and oh, ye
the winter blues. toyota, ford, honda and gm all reported huge gains over this time last year. ford and toyota reported gains over 40% whilegm and honda reported sales increases of 20%. chrysler was the one big automaker to report bad news as sales falling about 8%. j.d. power and associates estimates that overall vehicle sales in the u.s. rose 23% in march. >>> ahead on "news4 at 4:00," need information online? topeka it. >> we will tell you why google decided to change its name. >>> more than obvious chemicals in pesty tides around your house that could poison your pet. >> don't forget about twitter and facebook. we are always posting updates and breaking news. you can find us on both sites by searching "news4 at 4:00." >>> if you have been on google today, you may have noticed that the popular search engine changed its name to topeka, as in topeka, kansas. officials at google, now to pea can a, say it was difficult to give up the hugely recognizable google brand but popular search engine is transitioning to this new name. if you are falling for this, you forget this is april fool
friday in texas where she has a home. conflict of personalities as the reason for the split. >>> toyota is announcing yet another vehicle recall today. the automaker says it is recalling 50,0002003 sequoias. the problem they say is in the car's stability control system. the the system can activate at low speed. the glitch prevents the suv from accelerating as quick quickly as the driver expects it to. toyota says the software upgrade to fix the problem is what is needed. >>> it was a growing problem in charles county, maryland, during the 2007 school year. 19 agers died in auto accidents to put it into the tragic new -- a driver safety program and they have had some amazing results ever since. john schriffen is here to tell bus that. >> reporter: according to your shirns which provides auto insurance in charles county, nearly 20% of auto accidents are caused by teens. a company says common causes are cell phones, alcohol, and not having enough experience on the road. after losing too many of the young people, charles county sheriff's department decided that the excuses behind the wheels
another shot tonight. >> thanks, dan. >>> coming up, could the toyota crisis create a huge shift in the auto industry? find out what it could mean the next time you go to the dealer. >>> nasa released some spectacular images of the sun. wait until you see this. >>> some law make verse blarsed spirit airlines 'new carry-on bag fee the. that airline's ceo is defending the fee. his name is ben baldanza. he got inside it when it was announced earlier this month. he said the fee will allow spir to it lower air fares. he says overall, the average customer will end up paying less than before. >> we don't so who loses. if you pay for a bag now on spirit, your total ticket price is going to be the same or a little less than before. if you don't carry a bag, help us get our planes out faster by not dloging up the airplane you will save $40 or more on your ticket. >> new york senator chuck schumer does not think much of the fees. he's pushing for legislation that would tax airlines for imposing such charges on passengers. >> general motors act set rated on the road to recovery. the auto com
. toyota announced today that it will stop making the lexus gx 460 during safety testing under way now. the move comes after a consume reports warning on the suv. consumer reports notified toyota that the engineers discover ad potentially dangerous problem with the way the vehicle handles on curves. the current plan is to resume production on april 28th. president obama says that he's 100% committed to nasa's mission and its future. the president offered those words of encourage many today during a speech at florida's kennedy space center and responding to critics who beliefs the changes for nasa will deal a heavy blow to the space program. however, mr. obama says that big things are ahead. >> we will actually reach space faster and more often under this new plan in ways that will help us improve our tech follow logical capacity and lower our costs and are essential for the long-term sustainability of space flight. >> reporter: the plan includes $6 billion in funding that developed a rocket for destinations that could include mars. but it also turns over duties to private space compani
last year. toyota, honda and gm reported gains. ford sales up 43%. toyota was behind with 41% sales increase. honda and gm both reported increases of just over 20%. chrysler was the one dim spot with sales falling about 8%. >> active volcano in southern iceland is getting bigger and the images more spectacular. new brake is about 300 yards long and it opened up yesterday. producing new fountains of hot lava. geologist space it is not proving a threat prove ing a it is something to see. >> really incredible. beautiful. >> especially at nighttime. quite beautiful. >> i told you new york made both the lists. they didn't. they were the ones that paid proportionately less than the other states. >> okay. punishment is you have to fill out your census form. meanwhile, veronica will do the weather while do you that. >> you can probably get it done, barbara in three minutes. don't worry about it. >>> one of my favorite times of the year. i don't know about you but spring -- so nice out there today. with low humidity and the morning temperatures across the area, there is our gorgeous shot. to
. and toyota says it has no comment on a potentially damaging internal e-mail from a former u.s. executive. ifr miller wrote, we need to come clean about the gas pedal problems. the time to hide on this one is over. the e-mail was written five days before toyota announced the massive recall. miller has since retired. back to you, eun. >> courtney, thank you. see you tomorrow. >>> he doesn't say much but the smile on the face of this week's "wednesday's child" says it all. he's hoping to share that smile with parents who will love him the way every child deserves. here's barbara harrison. >> hi, anthony. hi! how are you? anthony is a 5-year-old, and although we had never met, he greeted me with the enthusiasm of an old friend. at least until a video caught his attention on the other side of the room. want to see barney? let's see barney. it was actually a bunny, not barney, that he was pointing to. and watching videos is one of his favorite things to do here at his foster home. >> anthony came into care in february 2005. actually, he's been in foster care all of his life. >> reporter: he says an
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